Hello, my name is Amanda Valli and I am taking over the Women of Sacramento blog today to share with you something I am passionate about, local women-owned businesses. This weekend is Small Business Saturday and I can’t think of a better time to go out there and support these hardworking lady bosses! I’ve created a Holiday Gift Guide featuring some of my favorite things and shops to check out this Saturday.
The Kitchen Table
Located at 1462 33rd St in East Sacramento
Susan O’Brien has always been passionate about food and its ability to connect people in the community. Her shop, The Kitchen Table, offers a wonderful selection of cookware, bakeware, and serving ware that make ideal gifts for your favorite chef and foodie. She also offers a variety of locally made artisan goods and fun holiday items. I’m currently coveting these adorable holiday tea towels by Mud Pie and the “In the Forest Collection” of Mixing Bowls by Mason Cash…they make the perfect hostess gifts this holiday season!
Located at 3254 J St in East Sacramento
If you are looking for unique finds for the home and garden, you have to visit Summer Porch. Cheri, the owner, has a delightful selection of vintage items and handmade goods for the home, holiday décor, gift wrap and greeting cards. Cheri makes many of the Christmas ornaments herself and has an assortment of colorful vintage Pyrex bakeware for collectors. If you are looking for something special to add holiday cheer in your home, this is a must-stop shop!
Located at 3400 Folsom Blvd in East Sacramento
Gloria Quiming started Union Boxing in 2017. She and her manager Delanee Keenan are building a VIP fitness experience to help you achieve your goals through boxing, strength training, and yoga sculpt. Attaining results is so much fun with such a supportive community around you. This Saturday they are extending a special holiday package to Women of Sacramento members only. 1-month free off any 3-month membership. Feel your best this holiday season and in the New Year with this exciting offer!
Plant Foundry Nursery & Store
Located at 3500 Broadway in Oak Park
Looking for a fresh cut Christmas tree, holiday blooms, or ornaments this season? Then you need to visit The Plant Foundry in Oak Park. Their potted amaryllis plants are the perfect addition to your holiday table and make great gifts. If it’s a tree you’re shopping for, Plant Foundry owner Angela Pratt is teaming up with John Boyer of Edible Pedal to offer bicycle delivery for Christmas trees in the greater Sacramento area. How cool is that? Edible Pedal is donating proceeds from their sales to Trips for Kids Sacramento, a nonprofit organization that runs bicycle rides for youth and teens to promote a love of nature and resilience.
Krazy Mary’s Fashion Boutique
Located at 3230 Folsom Blvd in East Sacramento
Looking for something sparkly to wear to holiday parties this season? Then you need to stop by Krazy Mary’s Fashion Boutique. Owner, Mary Kawano, has a fun selection of clothing, jewelry, & accessories for the fashionista in your life. She carries Peta-Approved Vegan accessories, by Handbag Republic and her initial necklaces by Sodajo make great personalized gifts.
Located at 1125 11th Street in Downtown Sacramento
Sugar and spice and everything nice! Heather Wong has had a passion for cooking and culinary techniques from a young age. She has traveled the globe for culinary inspiration and is always seeking new ingredients to take her recipes to the next level. After being frustrated with the scarcity of ethnic spices in the Sacramento area, she opened Allspicery in 2015. Her goods make great gifts for the foodie in your life and her mulling spices are a must-have ingredient this holiday season!
Karen Sue Studios
Greeting cards available at Summer Porch in East Sacramento
Artist, Karen Chen, combines her love of art and nature in her adult coloring book Life of the Wild. She also has a collection of illustrated “puny” greeting cards sold at Summer Porch. You can find Karen’s handmade jewelry collections available for purchase on http://karensue.bigcartel.com.
Located at 920 24th St. in Midtown
Together is a Salon and Marketplace created and owned by women, built to be a community for women to showcase their creations. Check out Purpose founded by Rachel dee Minyard and The Pomegranate Boutique founded by Stella Manukyan for ethically made clothing and accessories. For feminine statement jewelry, the Elysian Theory Collection is designed and handmade by local artist Elyse Tolles. Pebble brand stuffed animals and rattles make adorable gifts for kiddos and I’m currently coveting their colorful selection of embellished headbands by Namjosh.
Tomato Alley Collective
Located at 2014 28th Street in Midtown
Graphic Designer and philanthropist, Rashell Choo helped build Tomato Alley Collective in order to bring people with diverse interests and backgrounds together under one roof. They offer a variety of local specialty food brands that make the perfect gift this holiday season. Sacramento-based Jolly Trading Co. offers a delicious selection of rubs and sauces to be gifted to the BBQ Master in your life.
Sun & Soil Juice Company
Located at 1912 P St in Midtown
Holiday dinner parties can leave us feeling tired and weighed down. Molly Brown & Tatiana Kaiser opened Sun & Soil Juice Company in 2014 to promote raw organic nutrition through delicious juice, smoothies, and food. Made from the freshest produce provided by local organic farms, their menu features a great selection of flavors. Stay healthy and get in the spirit with their seasonal juices “Pumpkin Spice Latte” or “Pear Cider.” Their Cocoa Powder Spice and Cinnamon Spice bottles make the perfect stocking stuffers!
Available on Etsy
Local artist Samia Yunus creates handmade jewelry and healing bath soaks made from local organic ingredients. All her chains are made from recycled gold here in the US. She uses materials such as Lapis Lazuli, which are known to release mental, physical, and spiritual blockage and promote creativity. She also uses
Crazy Lace Agate which is a calming stone to help those who suffer from anxiety, trauma, or loss. To learn more visit her Etsy shop @SamiBoutiqueStudio
Located at 2522 J St in Midtown & 3330 Broadway in Oak Park
Rire is a contemporary clothing boutique with two Sacramento locations. Come in and visit with the founder, Josie, and browse their fashionable and affordable clothes and accessories by local designers. Stay warm this holiday season with these adorable pompom beanies available in many colors.
About Your Blogger
Hello, my name is Amanda Valli. I am the founder and principal designer of Amanda Valli Interiors, a Sacramento-based full-service interior design and home styling firm. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I developed an interest in design at an early age as my family designed their home from the ground up.
After receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I moved to Santa Monica and decided to further my studies at UCLA Extension in the Architecture and Interior Design Certificate Program.
I was able to polish my design skills while working as a design assistant at the award-winning interior design firm, Timothy Corrigan Inc. in Los Angeles. During my time at TCI, I had the opportunity to work on many exciting projects recently featured in his new book, The New Elegance: Stylish, Comfortable Rooms for Today.
In 2016, I returned to Northern California and continued working locally as a junior designer, before starting out on my own in 2018. Amanda Valli Interiors provides full service interior design for existing homes and new residential construction.
I enjoy working in various design styles and tailor each project to meet my client’s specific taste, lifestyle, and budget. With access to products that are unavailable in the retail market, I am able to create spaces that are truly one-of-a-kind and unique to each client. I also provide home staging consultations for residential homes preparing to go on the market and a Design Rescue Package for clients who are not looking for full-service interior design, but instead seek guidance to kick-start their own home projects.